Having had a few days to digest my race at Elkhart Lake, I have a few main thoughts regarding the race in general and my performance.
The race locale and the course were great. I don’t think I have swam in a clearer lake, although it was really chilly the water clarity made it nice to swim in. The bike course was very difficult, a relentless rolling course. Finally, I did not think the run was as challenging as others had warned me about – I found the Triple T run course to be much more challenging. The only thing I was not fond of was the transition area – LONG. I did not enjoy it at all after the swim with a sky high heart rate.
In an odd way I am grateful for the poor performance. When I am in the midst of a less then stellar performance I tend to have a very tough time staying positive about the race. I definitely encountered that on the bike. By the time I hit T2, I was pretty frustrated. Fortunately I started the run and trucked along at a pretty good pace. I managed to work out my frustration by about mile 2 of the run, and actually started to enjoy myself.
My 243 average power (261 normalized) was pretty low, I would be somewhat disappointed with that for a Half, let alone an Olympic distance. After looking at my week of training, I’m pretty sure I left my legs in my workouts. Between the Tuesday group ride I did, my run with Matt (10+ miles FAST), and then Thursdays ride – left me with not a lot for biking. Even though my TSB on Saturday was +4.6, my overall TSS was really high for the week, at least compared to my long term load. I didn’t do real great at Elkhart Lake, but I was definitely a rock star in training last week.
This week will be a fairly easy one, a couple of hard efforts to keep the freshness up – with a focus on getting to High Cliff with a TSB of +0 and a flat, to slightly rising CTL, and then do my best at High Cliff. No predictions on time or result, but just the best I can do.
Did a 4k LCM swim tonight, 1-2-3-4-5-5-4-3-2-1 @ 1:30 base tonight. It was my first LCM swim of the year so of course I felt like I was drowning the whole time.
All I need to make it official is a Gym Class Hero certificate from Matt.